Name: Connor Bulgrin
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Position: Political Affairs Intern

Fundraising Goal: $500

How did you get interested in global issues?
I can’t remember a time in my adult life where I wasn’t interested in global issues. It was clear to me that taking a domestic-only approach to politics ignores our relationships with the rest of the world, which is crucial to our own identity. Learning about some of the failures of US foreign policy (Vietnam, the Iraq war, violating international law, supporting various coups around the world) convinced me that I needed to play a role in creating a more moral and successful US foreign policy.

Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor?
I’m volunteering to serve the world’s poor because I believe they have one of the most important and unheard voices in our world. Billions of people live on under $2/day and their future is oftentimes in the hands of a few powerful people making life-changing policy decisions. The world’s poor never gets a seat at the negotiating table; I’m trying to make sure their voices aren’t entirely drowned out from our discourse.

Any interesting tidbits to share?
I grew up doing Brazilian jiu jitsu, and I am still a huge fan of the sport.


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